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NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI (MACCHIAVELLI)
Italian philosopher, statesman, diplomatist and writer
(1469 - 1527)
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So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied.
      - [Want]

States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.
      - [States]

The principal foundation of all states are good laws and good arms.
      - [Government]

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
      - [Religion]

This is most true, and all history bears testimony to it, that men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her,--they may weave her web, but they cannot break it.
      - [Fortune]

Though fraud in all other actions be odious, yet in matters of war it is laudable and glorious, and he who overcomes his enemies by stratagem is as much to be praised as he who overcomes them by force.
      - [Fraud]

Where the willingness is great the difficulties cannot be great.
      - [Willingness]

For as laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved, so there is need of good manner that laws may be maintained.
  [It., Perche, cosi come i buoni costumi, per mantenersi, hanno bisogno delli leggi; cosi le leggi per ossevarsi, hanno bisogno de' buoni costumi.]
      - Dei Discorsi (I, 18) [Law]

There should be many judges, for few will always do the will of few.
  [It., Bisogna che i giudici siano assai, perche pochi sempre fanno a modo de' pochi.]
      - Dei Discorsi (I, 7) [Judges]

For titles do not reflect honor on men, but rather men on their titles.
  [It., Perche non i titoli illustrano gli uomini, ma gli uomini i titoli.]
      - Dei Discorsi (III, 38) [Honor]

A son could bear with great complacency, the death of his father, while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair.
  [Lat., Gli huomini dimenticano piu teste la morte del padre, che la perdita del patrimonie.]
      - Del. Prin. (ch. XVII) [Loss]

Republics have a longer life and enjoy better fortune than principalities, because they can profit by their greater internal diversity. They are the better able to meet emergencies.
      - Discourses on Livy [Democracy]

Hence it happened that all the armed prophets conquered, all the unarmed perished.
  [It., Di qui nacque che tutti li profeti armati vincero, e li disarmati rovinarono.]
      - Il Principe (C, 6) [War]

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
      - The Prince [Tyranny]


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